Texas AG Greg Abbott Is Suing the Feds Over the Women's Health Program

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Three weeks after St. Patrick's Day, Karen was still puking green. She thought about going to the doctor but then remembered that the WHP was dead. Soon she would be too.
We realize you're probably too busy side-stepping puddles of green puke to give much of a shit about what's going on in Austin. Nonetheless, we feel obliged to note that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit late yesterday against the federal government over its decision to withdraw federal funding from the state's Medicaid Women's Health Program.

The suit, filed in Waco against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, calls the decision to pull funding "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and 'not in accordance with the law.'"

According to the lawsuit, the move "also violates the Constitution of the United States by seeking to commandeer and coerce the States' lawmaking processes into awarding taxpayer subsidies to elective-abortion providers."

The complaint also says that the state of Texas has been harmed by the funding withdrawal "by forcing it to choose between funding the Women's Health Program entirely with state tax dollars or else shutting down the program. Each of these options imposes significant financial burdens on the State and its taxpayers."

Governor Rick Perry, is, as you might expect, all about this lawsuit, releasing a statement that reads:

The Obama Administration's decision to deny health care to more than 100,000 low-income Texas women demonstrates his unwavering allegiance to abortion providers and their affiliates. As I have made clear, I will not stand by and let this Administration abandon these Texas women to advance its political agenda; Texas will fund these services with or without the federal government. This is about life and the rule of law, which Texas respects and the Obama Administration does not. I applaud Attorney General Greg Abbott's swift action to defend our state's laws and our ability to carry out the will of Texans.

The full complaint is of course appended below. Feel free to drink some more before you sit down to peruse the thing.

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Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Hey Rick and Greg, you may want to keep in mind that abortions are...what's that word....oh, right--legal. 

"the rule of law" my ass.

Augie
Augie

So, Texas doesn't want to follow federal law (Roe v. Wade) and won't agree to any money going to an agency that also performs abortion, even though the federal money doesn't fund abortions. Then, our "anti lawsuit" government files yet another lawsuit, this time in an in appropriate venue (Waco, must be in Austin) because they know they can't win this battle in front of the Federal Judges in Austin.  The lawsuit itself then turns on it's head who is doing what to make it sound as if Washington was putting special hardships on Texas, when it is Texas failure to follow Federal law that is the problem.  Further and further through the looking glass we fall.  

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Republicans, like Perry and Greg "Hey" Abbott, remind me of petulant, spoiled children. When someone does something they disagree with, they take their toys and run home crying. This is why these idiots and the rest of their Republicon ilk need to be removed from the statehouse post-haste...

Guest
Guest

Well I, for one, am just so glad that Obama apparently got the economy back on track so our elected officials can spend so much time dealing with these oh-so-important matters rather than all that economic stuff that really seemed important to a lot of people so very recently.

Arm-a-dildo
Arm-a-dildo

I would be grateful if I could just get Ricky and Greg to wand each other and stay the hell out of my vagina.

dallasphotog
dallasphotog

I thought Perry and Abbot wanted the Federal Government to stay out of Texas' business?

Mavdog
Mavdog

Interesting that our AG is "court shopping" by filing the action in Waco, not Austin.

jfpo
jfpo

Sounds like a good deal. You get an improvement, we get rid of Abbott/Perry. Let's get the lawyers and hammer out the paperwork.

Why?
Why?

Is there another state out there somewhere that would like to have Greg Abbott and Rick Perry? I'll pay their air fare myself!!!

Mark1234
Mark1234

Taxpayer money is not used to perform abortions. I repeat, taxpayer money is not used to perform abortions.   I will be making a contribution to Planned Parenthood that can only be used to perform abortions. If your against abortion I recommend that you don't have one.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Its good to see Greg Abbott  Stand up to OBAMA !

BTW is what Governor meant when he said he would find the money ?

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Puking Green is a great name for a band.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Chris, I have no comment about anything other than the DA's nickname.

GENIUS, my good man. 

Guest
Guest

They do. They just want a blank check from the federal treasury with no strings attached like the welfare queens they really are.

Fiuxpasta
Fiuxpasta

Well, it looks like English, but it parses like the contents of an outhouse...

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Is Greg Abbott Puking Green too long, you think? Because it sounds way tough. 

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

 Sorry that is what happens when you have a confluence of the AG and the Governor.

 

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